Wie auf der Seite der NATO, hier, nachzulesen ist, stuft sie die lose Internetaktivisten Gruppe Anonymous als gefährlich eingestuft. Dies wird Unter Punkt A, The Phenomenon of Hactivism ziemlich deutlich beschrieben.
A. THE PHENOMENON OF HACTIVISM
23. Apart from causing harm, destruction or conducting espionage, most recent cyber attacks have also been used as a means to reach a rather different goal. “Hactivism” is a relatively recent form of social protest or expression of ideology by using hacking techniques. Hactivists use different malware (or “malicious software”) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to publicize their cause rather than for crime. Such attacks first occurred in 1989 but have gained more prominence over the last decade. In the past hactivists have attacked NASA, the Indonesian and Israeli governments, Republican websites, as well as the University of East Anglia.
24. One of the most prominent group of on-line hackers – Anonymous – led a campaign against Iran, Australia and the Church of Scientology. Their most prominent campaign, however, took off in 2010 after WikiLeaks had released the US diplomatic cables. In its on-line seven-point manifesto, Anonymous announced its engagement in “the first infowar ever fought” and named PayPal as its enemy. What followed were DDoS attacks against Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, and other companies that had decided to stop providing services for WikiLeaks (they used to administer online donations for the site), against the Swiss bank PostFinance, that had earlier closed Julian Assange’s bank account, and against the Swedish Prosecution Service. The group also attacked Amazon.com, which was previously renting server space to WikiLeaks.
25. Observers note that Anonymous is becoming more and more sophisticated and could potentially hack into sensitive government, military, and corporate files. According to reports in February 2011, Anonymous demonstrated its ability to do just that. After WikiLeaks announced its plan of releasing information about a major bank, the US Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America reportedly hired the data intelligence company HBGary Federal to protect their servers and attack any adversaries of these institutions. In response, Anonymous hacked servers of HBGary Federal’s sister company and hijacked the CEO’s Twitter account. Today, the ad hoc international group of hackers and activists is said to have thousands of operatives and has no set rules or membership. It remains to be seen how much time Anonymous has for pursuing such paths. The longer these attacks persist the more likely countermeasures will be developed, implemented, the groups will be infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted.
Hier stellt sich doch die Frage in welchem Verhältnis das ganze steht. Einen Server Lahmzulegen mit DDoS Attacken ist doch im vergleich zu der brutalen, Menschenverachtenden Gewalt, wie sie von Terror ausgeübt wird eine harmlose Angelegentheit. Die NATO ist doch die Organisation die unter dem Denkmantel der Menschlichkeit sich erst lange überlegt wo sie eingreift und welche Weltwirtschaftlichen Folgen daraus resultieren.
Alles in allem ein, wie ich finde, unverhältnismäßiger Schritt in die falsche Richtung.